South Hero, Grand Isle County, Vermont Genealogy

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Grand Isle County
South Hero

Modern town borders of South Hero in Grand Isle County, Vermont.

Brief History

South Hero was chartered on October 27, 1779 by the Vermont Legislature. It is one of four towns (Isle La Motte, Grand Isle, North Hero, and South Hero) comprising Vermont's "Lake Champlain Islands."

Originally, North Hero, South Hero and Grand Isle were granted to Ethan Allen, Samuel Herrick and 363 other Revolutionary War veterans as a single town known as Two Heroes.

In 1798, Two Heroes was divided into North Hero (the entire north island), Middle Hero and South Hero, with the last two sharing the southern island and a single representative to the legislature, hence they were not actually separate towns. This arrangement was not entirely satisfactory: in 1810, Middle Hero was given complete autonomy and renamed Grand Isle, which is what the French had originally called the whole southern island. 

The first settlers of South Hero took advantage of the fertile soil with subsistence farming, growing fruit, tending gardens, maple sugaring, dairying and spinning and weaving fabric from domestic materials. As the town grew, the main source of income for residents came from farming, dairying and fruit growing, as the fertile land generated abundant crops, which were good for community development.  [1] [2] [3]   

Historical Data

Town Histories

Vital Records

FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.

Military Records

Land Records

Probate Records

Grand Isle Probate Division
3677 U.S. Route 2
PO Box 7
North Hero VT 05474
Phone: (802) 372-8350

Church Records

List of marriages (1797-1838 from South Hero, Vermont) solemnized by Rev. Asa Lyon : from private record of Hector Adams is available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

City Directories


1871 map of Grand Isle and South Hero


The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day South Hero Town. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Grand Isle County, website at this link.  

South Hero, Vermont Cemetery Records, early to 1870, are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

Town Records

Town of South Hero
333 U.S. Route 2
P.O. Box 175
South Hero, VT 05486
Phone: (802) 372-5552


St. Albans Messenger

Libraries and Historical Societies

South Hero Community Library
75 South St.
South Hero, VT 05486
Phone: (802) 372-6209

South Hero Historical Society


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